The Last of Her Kind

By Sigrid Nunez,

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It is Columbia University, 1968. Ann Drayton and Georgette George meet as roommates on the first night. Ann is rich and radical; Georgette, the narrator of "The Last Of Her Kind", is leery and introverted, a child of the very poverty and strife her new friend finds so noble. The…

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1 author picked The Last of Her Kind as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

The Last of Her Kind is an expansive and compelling portrait of the connection between two college roommates, set against the backdrop of 1960s counterculture.

Both main characters – George, who is trying to shed her working-class origins, and Ann, desperate to disavow her wealthy family – are handled with sympathy and nuance. The historical setting is expertly researched without being heavy-handed, and the plot features at least one huge twist that you won’t see coming.

Although this is a long book, I enjoyed it so much that I had to ration myself not to read it all at once.  

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